It’s something that everyone knows, but nevertheless seems beyond the grasp of a lot of companies these days: if you want your company to succeed, you need to keep your employees happy. I understand that this topic’s basically been done to death, but it’s really an issue that shouldn’t be allowed to die until basically every employer takes it to heart. While it’s true that this DOES value the interests of the employee (potential or otherwise), which in turn is a big thing in a world with high unemployment rates, it still shouldn’t diminish the fact that happy employees help business.
Among other things, employees who are happy with your organization are:
- Likely to do what’s best for the company
Not sure how to make your employees happy? These will get you started.
Think about what’s important to your employees. Do they want to spend more time with family, and work from home? Then you should subscribe to RingCentral, a voip phone service that connects pre-existing phone units to a virtual business phone system, and other cloud-based services. Do they want to feel safe and stress-free in their work environment? Then implement programs and policies that allow them to do their job with little to no fear and stress. Either way, you need to pay attention and listen to what the majority of your workers value and make a sincere effort to address it.
One of the ways by which organizations try to keep their employees motivated is through promises. “We promise to pay you twice a month” is a common promise, as is “We promise early release of your Christmas bonus.” These promises are easily kept. But there are promises like “We will give you a raise in a couple of years” and “We will work out a better schedule for you once you become a regular employee” that are sometimes put by the wayside. If you don’t want to want your employees to be disgruntled, always hold yourself and your company accountable for such promises.
Of course, there could be reasons why you couldn’t keep some of your promises – for example, your business isn’t doing very well or a recent venture fell apart and severely affected your budget. Letting your employees know what’s going on with the company can help them understand why certain promises cannot be kept at that time. Furthermore, this shows that you as a company trust your workers to be able to handle the information that you have been giving them. Leaving them in the dark shows you don’t trust them – with that attitude, why should they trust YOU?
One last note: It’s not (just) about the money
It’s easy to think that the only way we could reward or show appreciation for your employees is through money. But while that is an important part of why they sought employment in your company, there are still other factors that need to be addressed – the most crucial of which is that workers are human beings. There are things they care about and worry about, and you need to be sensitive to that reality. The moment you forget that they are not mere cogs in the machine that you need to oil (with money), you risk losing some of your most essential resources. It doesn’t have to be more complex than that.